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Dec 26, 2012 4:00am PST
. >> reporter: steve is a pharmacist here and a rice farmer. >> people are nervous. >> very nervous. >> what are they saying when they're coming in? what are you hearing? >> what do we do? they don't know what to do. it's so uncertain right now that the banks don't know what to do, the farmers don't know what to do. they're out there plowing the land, getting it all prepared for next year with total uncertainty. >> reporter: at stake? $154 billion in federal farm aid and crop insurance sidelined by the fiscal cliff stalemate. benefits from the farm bill also guarantee rice farmer l.g. ron that his costs are covered when crops are bad or demand drops. >> so you would be out of it if there was no subsidy? >> i will be looking for another job. absolutely. >> because you just can't make enough money to make a go of it? >> those risks are too great. i could lose it all. if the market -- if i plant rice and the market price is $12 and the next four months it goes down to $6, i lost $1 million in that time period. i can't sustain that. i'm broke in one year. >> reporter: the paramilitary bill impac
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